IIT JAM 2019 Syllabus for Chemistry (CY)

IIT JAM 2019 Syllabus for Chemistry (CY)

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Syllabus of Chemistry for IIT JAM 2019


Basic Mathematical Concepts

Vectors and matrices; determinants; Functions; maxima and minima; integrals; ordinary differential equations; elementary statistics and probability theory;

Atomic and Molecular Structure

Fundamental particles; uncertainty principle; Schrödinger’s wave equation;  Bohr’s theory of hydrogen-like atom; wave-particle duality; quantum numbers; shapes of orbitals; Hund’s rule and Pauli’s exclusion principle; electronic configuration of simple homonuclear diatomic molecules.

Theory of Gases

Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution law;  Equation of state for ideal and non-ideal (van der Waals) gases; Kinetic theory of gases; equipartition of energy;

Solid state

Atomic and ionic radii; radius ratio rules; lattice energy; Crystals and crystal systems; X-rays; NaCl and KCl structures; close packing; Born-Haber cycle; isomorphism; heat capacity of solids.

Chemical Thermodynamics

First law and its application to ideal and nonideal gases; Reversible and irreversible processes; thermochemistry; second law; entropy and free energy; criteria for spontaneity;

Chemical and Phase Equilibria

Law of mass action; Kp, Kc, Kx and Kn; phase equilibria–phase rule and its application to one-component and two-component systems;  effect of temperature on K; ionic equilibria in solutions; pH and buffer solutions; hydrolysis; solubility product; colligative properties.


Conductance and its applications; concentration cells with and without transport; Debey-Huckel-Onsager theory of strong electrolytes; transport number; galvanic cells; EMF and free energy; concentration cells with and without transport; polarography; Chemical Kinetics: Reactions of various order; Arrhenius equation; collision theory; transition state theory; chain reactions – normal and branched; enzyme kinetics; photochemical processes; catalysis.


Gibbs adsorption equation; the surface area of adsorbents; surface films on liquids; adsorption isotherm; types of adsorption;


Fundamental concepts of rotational, vibrational, electronic and magnetic resonance spectroscopy;
Beer-Lambert law;


Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry
The confirmation of acyclic systems (substituted ethane/n-propane/n-butane) and cyclic systems (mono- and di-substituted cyclohexanes); Electronic effects (resonance, inductive, hyperconjugation) and steric effects and its applications (acid/base property); optical isomerism in compounds with and without any stereocenters (allenes, biphenyls);

Organic Reaction Mechanism and Synthetic Applications

Pinacol-pinacolone, Favorskii, benzilic acid rearrangement, dienone-phenol rearrangement, Baeyer-Villeger reaction; oxidation and reduction reactions in organic chemistry; organometallic reagents in organic synthesis (Grignard, organolithium and organocopper); Diels-Alder, electrocyclic and sigmatropic reactions; functional group inter-conversions and structural problems using chemical reactions; Hofmann-Curtius-Lossen rearrangement, Wolff rearrangement, Simmons-Smith reaction, Reimer-Tiemann reaction, Michael reaction, Darzens reaction, Wittig reaction and McMurry reaction; Chemistry of reactive intermediates (carbocations, carbanions, free radicals, carbenes, nitrenes, benzynes etc…);

Qualitative Organic Analysis

Elementary UV, IR and 1H NMR spectroscopic techniques as tools for structural elucidation; Identification of functional groups by chemical tests;

Natural Products Chemistry

Carbohydrates, amino acids, peptides and nucleic acids; Chemistry of alkaloids, steroids, terpenes;

Aromatic and Heterocyclic Chemistry

Reactivity and properties; Monocyclic, bicyclic and tricyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and monocyclic compounds with one heteroatom: synthesis;


Periodic Table

VSEPR theory and shapes of molecules; hybridization; dipole moment; ionic solids; General methods of isolation and purification of elements; Periodic classification of elements and periodicity in properties; Chemical Bonding and Shapes of Compounds: Types of bonding; the structure of NaCl, CsCl, diamond and graphite; lattice energy;

Main Group Elements (s and p blocks)

Structure of electron deficient compounds involving main group elements; General concepts on group relationships and gradation in properties;

Transition Metals (d block)

Coordination complexes: structure, isomerism, reaction mechanism and electronic spectra; Characteristics of 3d elements; oxide, hydroxide and salts of first row metals; VB, MO and Crystal Field theoretical approaches for structure, color and magnetic properties of metal complexes; organometallic compounds having ligands with back bonding capabilities such as metal carbonyls, carbenes, nitrosyls and metallocenes; homogenous catalysis.

Bioinorganic Chemistry

Basic reactions in the biological systems and the role of metal ions, Essentials and trace elements of life; especially Fe2+, Fe3+, Cu2+ and Zn2+; structure and function of haemoglobin and myoglobin and carbonic anhydrase;

Instrumental Methods of Analysis

Instrumentations and simple applications of conductometry, potentiometry and UV-vis spectrophotometry; Basic principles; analysis of water, air and soil samples;

Analytical Chemistry

Use of organic reagents in the inorganic analysis; radioactivity; Precipitation reactions; use of indicators; Principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis; acid-base, oxidation-reduction and complexometric titrations using EDTA; nuclear reactions; applications of isotopes.

Reference books for Chemistry – IIT JAM 2019

Physical Chemistry

  • Atomic and Molecular Structure – Physical Chemistry by Peter W. Atkins
  • Theory of Gases- Physical Chemistry by Puri, Sharma, Pathania
  • Differential Equation & Matrices by Shanti Narayan
  • Engineering Mathematics by B.S. Grewal
  • Physical Chemistry by Thomas Engel & Phillip Reid
  • Basic Physical Chemistry by Peter W. Atkins
  • Adsorption – Surface Chemistry by A. Goel
  • Introduction to Surface Chemistry & Catalysis by Gabor A. Somorjai
  • Principals of Chemical Equilibrium & Phase Rule by K.G. Denbigh
  • Phase Rule by Gurdeep Raj
  • An Introduction to Electrochemistry by Samuel Glasstone
  • Electrochemistry by Philip H. Rieger
  • A Textbook of Physical Chemistry (Vol-III) by K. L. Kapoor
  • Chemical Kinetics by Keith J. Laidler
  • Physical Chemistry by Thomas Engel & Phillip Reid
  • A Textbook of Physical Chemistry (Vol-V) by K. L. Kapoor
  • Solid State by Peter W. Atkins
  • Solid State Physics by R.K. Puri & V.K.Babbar

Organic Chemistry

  • Stereochemistry Conformation and Mechanism by P.S. Kalsi
  • Stereochemistry of Organic Compound by E. L. Eliel
  • Organic Chemistry (Vol-I) by I. L. Finar
  • Organic Chemistry by Clayden, Greeves, Warner and Wothers
  • Organic Chemistry by T.W. Graham Solomons
  • Organic Chemistry by Morrison & Boyd
  • Qualitative Organic Analysis by A. I. Vogel

Inorganic  Chemistry

  • Quantitative Inorganic Analysis by A. I. Vogel
  • Inorganic Chemistry by J. E. Huheey
  • Inorganic Chemistry by Miessler & Tarr
  • Inorganic Chemistry by Shriver & Atkins
  • Inorganic Chemistry by James E. Huheey, E.A. Keiter, R. L. Keiter, O. K. Medhi
  • The instrumental method by Skoog, Holler & Crouch
  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee
  • Basic Inorganic Chemistry by F. A. Cotton & Wilkinson

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